Higher Education

For over 20 years we have been recognised leaders in the global higher education sector and have appointed hundreds of heads of institutions. Over the last fifteen years, our work has extended across the broader educational sector. 

Overview

In an increasingly inter-connected world, academia no longer operates in its own ivory tower, and as a multidisciplinary firm we bring a creative and holistic approach to identifying leaders – whether for universities, research institutes, business schools, think tanks, governments, private providers, or at the nexus of these sectors. Traditional dividing lines become blurred as organisations seek to integrate, to innovate and to work in partnership on an increasingly global platform. Strong leadership in this context is critical, as is the ability to contextualise higher education within the broader fabric of industry, policy and research.  We bring a thoughtful, intelligent and creative approach to finding talent for our clients in this sector.

Our clients

At an international level, we work closely with our 15 global partners, sharing experience and knowledge to support our clients’ needs, enabling us all to address overseas markets in a way that meets the demands of each individual search. 

Our Global Reach

Through our global partnership, our international search capacity enables us to replicate Saxton Bampfylde’s research model around the world’s time zones and to seek out and engage pro-actively with leaders in relevant markets. 

This means that the unique features of an organisation can be interpreted in a number of relevant international contexts, and markets approached accordingly – all within the single relationship with our consulting team.

Team





Hamish Laing

Hamish Laing

Consulting team

hamish.laing@saxbam.com

Hamish is a senior member of the education practice at Saxton Bampfylde with a track record of success at Chief Executive, Vice-Chancellor, Principal, Provost, Head and Chair level, working with universities, schools, FE colleges and groups, and commercial education-related organisations.  He is a graduate from the University of York and he completed his MBA in 2003. Hamish has been responsible for over 300 search assignments covering a range of senior executive and non-executive appointments, many of them with an international dimension.





Dr Jennifer Barnes

Dr Jennifer Barnes

Consulting team

jennifer.barnes@saxbam.com

Dr. Jennifer Barnes has held leadership roles in higher education, business and the arts. From 2010-15, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International Strategy and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, developing the University’s global engagement through strategic partnerships. From 2008 – 2012 she was President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in the University of Cambridge. From 2005 – 2007 Dr Barnes was BP’s first Global Director of Education, building partnerships with governments, universities and industry. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Vestd, a high-tech company, as a Director of the University of Suffolk, and as a member of the International Board, University of Oman.

Jennifer has a BA from Smith College in the USA, attended the Britten International Opera School and was awarded her MMus from the Royal College of Music, and her PhD from the University of London. She is an authority on the history of opera and media, and has contributed to the field of neuroscience through research on the impact of pressure on performance.





Stephen Bampfylde

Stephen Bampfylde

Consulting team

stephen.bampfylde@saxbam.com

Stephen is co-founder and Chairman of Saxton Bampfylde. He began his career working for IBM and Whitehall, where he spent nearly 10 years before moving into top level executive search. For 27 years he has been involved in the recruitment of executives to senior positions across all sectors. He helped establish the worldwide professional association AESC in Europe and was its international director for a number of years. Outside executive search, he has been involved with the advisory boards of the Business Schools at Cambridge and City Universities, is a Trustee of the Yvonne Arnaud theatre, and is former Chairman of the Guildford Cathedral Council. Stephen read Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge and studied corporate finance at London Business School.





Jamie Wesley

Jamie Wesley

Consulting team

jamie.wesley@saxbam.com

Jamie has been with Saxton Bampfylde for four years.  He joined the firm as a researcher specialising in higher education and healthcare searches, and was then an associate consultant in our higher education and regulation practices for two years.   Jamie is now a consultant working across our education, government and health practices.  Jamie graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music from Durham University and the University of Oxford respectively.





David Munns

David Munns

Consulting team

david.munns@saxbam.com

David joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2012 and leads the firm’s Finance practice.  He had previously been Chief Financial Officer of the Financial Times Publishing Group, Group Finance Director of Rocco Forte Hotels and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer of Kaplan Europe. He is a former Non-Executive Director of Colliers CRE and was a founder, and until recently Chair of The Educational Frontier Trust which launched and funded Kisima Secondary School, Nyahururu, Kenya. David read law at UCL, has an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a chartered accountant.





Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson

Consulting team

brett.anderson@saxbam.com

Brett has been with Saxton Bampfylde since 2013. She joined the firm as a researcher and now works as the Higher Education Associate Consultant. Prior to joining Saxton Bampfylde, she worked as a Research Assistant with the University of Aberdeen. Brett graduated with an MA International Relations and an MSc Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh.





Martin Baker

Martin Baker

International Partner, Global Higher Education Practice

USA

Martin is Managing Partner of Buffkin/Baker, Saxton Bampfylde's international partner through Panorama. Martin has been in the executive search profession for 18 years and has conducted searches for the positions of CEO, CFO, CIO, Provost, Dean, Director, and Professor, having worked on over 300 searches throughout his career.  Martin has recently represented a number of AAU institutions, land-grant universities, liberal arts colleges, and regional universities, where he has led numerous mid and senior level searches spanning most functions and academic disciplines. He previously worked in the Atlanta office of Korn/Ferry International, where he developed search strategy and executed searches for numerous senior level appointments. He began his career working as a Research Associate with Saxton Bampfylde, an executive search and management assessment firm in London, England. Martin earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.





Sean Davies

Sean Davies

International Partner, Global Higher Education Practice

Australia

Sean is a Partner of Cordiner King, Saxton Bampfylde's international partner through PanoramaSean has extensive experience in the education sector working for independent schools and universities. He has worked with most Australian universities with appointments including Vice Chancellors, Deans, Heads of School and Institute and Centre Directors. He has also worked with a number of independent schools nationally on Principal and Head of School roles. 

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